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Sunday, Mar 24, 2013

GLORY 5: Tyrone Spong Takes Out Remy Bonjasky

A victorious Spong (photo via Ben Pontier / GLORY)

By GLORY (via press release)

LONDON, England (March 23, 2013) — The torch was passed in the kickboxing heavyweight division today as Tyrone Spong (69-6-1 43 KOs) stopped all-time great Remy Bonjasky (77-16, 40 KOs) in the second round of the GLORY 5 London main event.

An overhand right sent Bonjasky to the canvas and brought a sold-out ExCel Arena to its feet at the midway point of the second round. It was clear as soon as he was knocked down that Bonjasky would not be able to beat the count and Spong threw his arms up in triumph.

Spong kneeing Bonjasky (photo via Ben Pontier / GLORY)

“Remy Bonjasky is a legend in the sport. It was a hard fight and I know now why he was such a dominant champion. Now I am looking forward to my next challenge, I want to build my legacy in this sport and I am ready to take on anyone in the heavyweight division,” Spong said in his dressing room afterwards.

“In two weeks there’s a fight between Gokhan Saki and Daniel Ghita at GLORY 6 in Istanbul,” continued Spong. “I want to fight both of those guys and I’m also ready to go straight in to a heavyweight title shot against Semmy Schilt. Whatever GLORY wants, I’m ready”

Bonjasky was warmly applauded when he eventually regained his feet and addressed the crowd, telling fans he had given everything in his comeback. “It’s hard when you’re 37 years old and trying to make a comeback. But all credit to Tyrone,” he said.

“I don’t know [what’s next] yet. It’s hard to make a good comeback,”continued Bonjasky. “My comeback has been rocky. I’ve done my best, I’ve done everything, but my body says it’s hard.”

Watson (right) attacking Moxon (photo via Ben Pointier / GLORY)

It was a night of mixed fortunes for British fans, who saw Jordan Watson dominate Steve Moxon for most of their lightweight meeting but then saw Watson’s team mate, Liam Harrison of the Bad Company Gym, stopped in the first round by a Mosab Amrani body shot in what was the biggest upset of the evening.

But KO of the night probably belonged to Bonjasky-protégé Danyo Ilunga. He stopped French prospect Stephane Sussperregui in the first round by way of a jumping knee against the ropes. The knee not only dropped Sussperregui but broke his nose in the process and made a spectacular finish for Ilunga’s highlight reel.

American upstart talents Eddie Walker and Dustin Jacoby, both of whom entered GLORY via the development Road To GLORY USA tournament series, took on huge challenges in the form of Stephen Wakeling and Michael Duut, respectively. Walker was outclassed by Wakeling before succumbing to leg kicks in the second round while Jacoby, riding a three-fight streak of KO wins into the fight, was knocked down three times in the first to lose by KO under the three downs in one round rule.

Main Card

Tyrone Spong def. Remy Bonjasky via KO (right hook) Round 2

Lightweight (70 kilograms/154 lbs)
Jordan Watson def. Steve Moxon via unanimous decision

Lightweight (70 kilograms/154 lbs)
154 lbs: Albert Kraus def. Warren Stevelmans via unanimous decision

Middleweight (85 kilograms/187 lbs)
Stephen Wakeling def. Eddie Walker via KO (low kicks) Round 2

Light-Heavyweight (95 kilograms/209lbs)
Danyo Ilunga def. Stephane Susperregui via KO (knee) Round 2

Light-Heavyweight (95 kilograms/209lbs)
Michael Duut def. Dustin Jacoby via KO (three knockdowns) in Round 1

Mosab Amrani def. Liam Harrison via KO (liver punch) in Round 1

Daniel Sam def. Jaideep Singh via unanimous decision.

Lightweight (70 kilograms/154 lbs)
Johann Fauveau def. Constantin Pasniciuc via unanimous decision

Lightweight (70 kilograms/154 lbs)
Reece McAllister def. Tim Thomas via unanimous decision

Welterweight (77 kilograms/170 lbs)
Jonatan Oliveira def. Nicola Gallo via unanimous decision

Preliminary card (Untelevised)

Middleweight (85 kilograms/187 lbs)
Marlon Hunt def. Andrei Manzolo via decision

Lightweight (70 kilograms/154 lbs)
154 lbs: Chad Sugden def. Sam Wilson via decision

Lightweight (70 kilograms/154 lbs)
154 lbs: Kerrith Bhella def. Sam Omomogbe via decision

Light-Heavyweight (95 kilograms/209lbs)
209 lbs: Boris Uhlik def. Fraser Weightman via decision



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